Hewlett-Packard HP Workstation xw8200 Requirements

With Pro Tools 6.4/6.7/6.9.x and Pro Tools HD 7

Digidesign has officially qualified the HP Workstation xw8200 for use with Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|HD Accel for both local use and with Avid Unity MediaNetwork. Fully qualified configurations are available through Authorized Digidesign Dealers.

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When configuring a system at the above links, please be aware of all of the additional system requirements and supported configurations for Pro Tools, AVoption|V10, Avid Mojo, or Avid Unity as listed on these Digidesign Compatibility Documents.

Supported Configurations

Supported Pro Tools Systems With Pro Tools 6.7 Software

  • Pro Tools|HD
  • Pro Tools|HD Accel

Supported Pro Tools Systems With Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x Software

  • Pro Tools|HD
  • Pro Tools|HD Accel
  • Avid Unity w/AVoption|V10
    • 1:1 Video
    • 48 tracks @ 48k/24 bit audio
  • AVoption|V10 (non-Unity configuration)
    • 48 tracks @ 48k/24 bit audio
  • Up to 6 HD cards qualified with all of the above when using qualified Digidesign Expansion|HD 6 slot*, Digidesign 64-bit 7 slot, or Magma 64-bit 7 slot expansion chassis

Additonal Qualified Items

  • D-Control
    • With up to 80 Faders
  • D-Command
    • D-Command Fader Pack
  • ProControl
    • Fader Pack (up to 5)
    • Edit Pack (serial number PT00601 or higher required)
  • Control|24
  • SYNC I/O
  • Digidesign or Magma 7 Slot 64-bit Expansion Chassis
  • Digidesign Expansion|HD 6 Slot Expansion Chassis

*The Digidesign Expansion|HD 6 Slot Expansion Chassis requires Pro Tools HD 7.1 or higher, included with chassis purchase. Please Note: The Digidesign Host PCIe Card (PCI Express host card) is currently not qualified with Pro Tools|HD systems for Windows XP. Pro Tools users on Windows XP should use the Digidesign Host PCI Card option for the Digidesign Expansion|HD Chassis.

Qualified with Pro Tools 6.9.x/7.x

  • Command|8
  • FireWire drives
  • MIDI I/O
  • PRE

Note: The HP xw8200 has not been tested with Pro Tools 6.2 or earlier or with AVoption|XL

Qualified HP Workstation xw8200 Configurations

Fully qualified configurations are available through your Digidesign Dealer

The following HP Workstation xw8200 configuration is qualified with Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|HD Accel systems with Pro Tools 6.4/6.7/6.9.x/7.x for Windows XP:

BIOS

  • BIOS update from HP - version 1.08 or higher is required

System Software

  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (pre-installed on the xw8200)
  • Windows XP Settings & Requirements
  • Windows 3.1, 95, 98, Me, 2000, or NT are not compatible with Pro Tools 6 and higher

Windows XP SP2, Microsoft DEP and PACE InterLok Drivers Update

  • if you encounter unexplained blue screens, freezes or spontaneous reboots when launching Pro Tools with Windows XP Service Pack 2, please update your PACE InterLok drivers:
  • The current InterLok drivers solve the described problems without having to disable Microsoft's DEP (Data Execution Prevention) feature introduced with Windows XP Service Pack 2.

SCSI Support

  • The qualified configurations of the xw8200 come with an integrated dual channel Ultra320 SCSI controller with 2 SCSI ports which do not take up a PCI slot. They are qualified for audio operation with Pro Tools|HD & HD Accel, or video and audio operation with AVoption|V10.
  • External SCSI drives require the optional Ultra 320 SCSI back panel connect - HP part number AA658A (available with the xw8200 from your Digidesign Dealer)

Avid Interchange

AVoption|V10, Avid Mojo, and Media Station|PT are supported with Pro Tools 6.9 & Pro Tools HD 7 for Windows XP For details and System Requirements, see the following compatibility pages:

AVoption|XL is not supported with Pro Tols 6.3 and higher. Pro Tools 6.2 is the last release with support for AVoption|XL.

PCI Expansion Chassis (Optional)

For more information on Qualified Expansion Chassis and Requirements, please see the following pages:

Supported Chassis For Use With Pro Tools 7.1 and higher with Pro Tools|HD or HD Accel systems:

Supported Chassis For Use With Pro Tools 6.9.x & 7.x with Pro Tools|HD or HD Accel systems:

  • Digidesign 64-bit 7 Slot Expansion Chassis
  • Magma 64-bit 7 slot expansion chassis - model P7R464 (current), model P7R464-D1 (discontinued)
  • For use with Avid Unity Shared Storage or AVoption|V10, these chassis have been qualified with Pro Tools 6.9.x & 7.x only
  • Other chassis have not been tested with Pro Tools 6.4 and higher

AVoption|V10 & Avid Mojo

Because AVoption|V10 and Avid Mojo connect to the internal FireWire bus, a chassis is not required. However, AVoption|V10 and Avid Mojo require the complete bandwidth of the FireWire bus, as well as the segment of the PCI bus which that FireWire bus utilizes. Therefore, no other devices can be attached to the same FireWire bus as the AVoption|V10 or Avid Mojo, and no PCI cards can be installed in the PCI slots that share that segment. This leaves the HP xw8000 and Dell 650 with only three available PCI slots for Pro Tools cards, SCSI HBAs, or additional FireWire PCI cards. For information on slot order with AVoption|V10 and Avid Mojo:

Card Slot Configurations With and Without Expansion Chassis

Card Slot Order for Pro Tools 6.4/6.7/6.9.x/7.x Pro Tools|HD & Pro Tools|HD Accel Systems

  • The HD Core card goes in the 133 MHz 64-bit PCI slot, followed by all HD Accel cards, then HD Process cards (if any)
  • Note that only 3 slots are available for HD cards. Available configurations:
    • HD 1
    • HD 2
    • HD 3
    • HD 2 Accel
    • HD 3 Accel

Configuration using only CPU with only Pro Tools|HD or HD Accel system:

Slot Card
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Graphics NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 or 1400
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Empty - Do Not Use
133 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Core
100 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Accel card or HD Process card or Empty
100 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Accel card or HD Process card or Empty

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Card Slot Order for Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x Pro Tools|HD & Pro Tools|HD Accel Systems

Avid Unity Shared Storage with AVoption|V10 and no Expansion Chassis

  • Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x only. Pro Tools 6.7 is not compatible with Avid Unity systems or Avid video.
  • The HD Core card goes in the 133 MHz 64-bit PCI slot, followed by all HD Accel cards, then HD Process cards (if any)
  • Note that only 2 slots are available for HD cards. Available configurations:
    • HD 1
    • HD 2
    • HD 2 Accel
  • HD 3 or more requires expansion chassis

Configuration using only CPU with Pro Tools|HD or HD Accel system and Avid Unity:

Slot Card
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Graphics NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 or 1400
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Empty - Do Not Use
133 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Core
100 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Accel card or HD Process card or Empty
100 MHz 64-bit PCI Atto 3300 FibreChannel card

return to slot menu

Card Slot Order for Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x Pro Tools|HD & Pro Tools|HD Accel Systems

AVoption|V10 (non-Unity) and no Expansion Chassis

  • Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x only. Pro Tools 6.7 is not compatible with AVoption|V10
  • The HD Core card goes in the 133 MHz 64-bit PCI slot, followed by all HD Accel cards, then HD Process cards (if any)
  • Note that only 3 slots are available for HD cards. Available configurations:
    • HD 1
    • HD 2
    • HD 3
    • HD 2 Accel
    • HD 3 Accel

Configuration using only CPU with Pro Tools|HD or HD Accel system:

Slot Card
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Graphics NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 or 1400
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Empty - Do Not Use
133 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Core
100 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Accel card or HD Process card or Empty
100 MHz 64-bit PCI HD Accel card or HD Process card or Empty

return to slot menu

Card Slot Order for Pro Tools|HD & Pro Tools|HD Accel Systems

With Pro Tools 6.4/6.7/6.9.x/7.x & Digidesign or Magma 64-bit 7 Slot Expansion Chassis

  • Maximum of 6 HD cards in chassis (HD Core, HD Process, HD Accel cards)

HP xw8200 configuration using qualified expansion chassis,
with Pro Tools|HD or Pro Tools|HD Accel & Pro Tools 6.7/6.4/6.9.x/7.x:

Slot Card
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Graphics NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 or 1400
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Empty - Do Not Use
133 MHz 64-bit PCI Empty
100 MHz 64-bit PCI Digidesign or Magma 64-bit Host card
100 MHz 64-bit PCI Empty

Digidesign or Magma 64-bit 7 slot expansion chassis configuration:

Slot Card
Chassis Slot 1 HD Core card
Chassis Slot 2 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 3 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 4 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 5 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 6 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 7 Empty (6 HD cards maximum)

Slot orders in the chassis run from left (closest to the power supply) to right.

After the HD Core card which is always first, all Accel cards should go before any Process cards.

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Card Slot Order for Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x & Avid Unity Shared Storage with AVoption|V10 or Avid Mojo

With Digidesign or Magma 64-bit 7 Slot Expansion Chassis

  • Avid Mojo requires Pro Tools 6.9.x/7.x
  • Avid Unity shared storage and AVoption|V10 require Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x
  • Pro Tools 6.7 is not compatible with Avid Unity shared storage or Avid video
  • Maximum of 6 HD cards in chassis (HD Core, HD Process, HD Accel cards)

HP xw8200 configuration using qualified expansion chassis,
with Avid Unity & Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x:

Slot Card
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Graphics NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 or 1400
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Empty - Do Not Use
133 MHz 64-bit PCI Empty
100 MHz 64-bit PCI Magma Host card
100 MHz 64-bit PCI Atto 3300 FibreChannel card

Digidesign or Magma 64-bit 7 slot expansion chassis configuration:

Slot Card
Chassis Slot 1 HD Core card
Chassis Slot 2 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 3 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 4 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 5 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 6 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 7 Empty (6 HD cards maximum)

Slot orders in the chassis run from left (closest to the power supply) to right.

After the HD Core card which is always first, all Accel cards should go before any Process cards.

return to slot menu

Card Slot Order for Pro Tools 6.4/6.9.x/7.x & AVoption|V10 or Pro Tools 6.9.x/7.x & Avid Mojo
(non-Unity Configuration)

With Digidesign or Magma 64-bit 7 Slot Expansion Chassis

HP xw8200 configuration using qualified expansion chassis,
with AVoption|V10 or Avid Mojo & Pro Tools 6.4:

Slot Card
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Graphics NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 or 1400
32-bit PCI Empty - Do Not Use
PCI-E (PCI Express) Empty - Do Not Use
133 MHz 64-bit PCI Empty
100 MHz 64-bit PCI Magma Host card
100 MHz 64-bit PCI Empty

Digidesign or Magma 64-bit 7 slot expansion chassis configuration:

Slot Card
Chassis Slot 1 HD Core card
Chassis Slot 2 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 3 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 4 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 5 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 6 HD Accel or HD Process card or Empty
Chassis Slot 7 Empty (6 HD cards maximum)

Slot orders in the chassis run from left (closest to the power supply) to right.

After the HD Core card which is always first, all Accel cards should go before any Process cards.

return to slot menu

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